Mundaring council delivers lowest rate rise in years

The Shire of Mundaring administration building. Pic: Supplied
The Shire of Mundaring administration building. Pic: Supplied

RATEPAYERS in the Shire of Mundaring will be delivered some rates relief with an estimated decrease of $10 per household for the next financial year.

Council adopted the 2019-20 budget at its ordinary council meeting this week, as well as its long-term financial plan.

While the budget is based on an annual rates increase of 2.8 per cent from the previous year, a decrease in waste charges has offset an increase in the average rates payable per residential property.

Shire president John Daw said the saving was generated by increased recycling and less waste to landfill, together with operational efficiencies in waste management.

He said the budget was appropriate for the current economic climate.

“The focus of the 2019-20 budget is to deliver services and facilities to our community while laying the foundations for the future,” he said.

“It includes an affordable and modest rate increase of 2.8 per cent, which encompasses an allocation for the renewal and upgrade of existing infrastructure.”

Cr Daw said he was confident ratepayers would be satisfied with the outcome as the budget reflects council’s ongoing commitment to a lower rating profile over a longer term.

“We will continue to allocate funding to ensure the Shire remains a remarkable place where our residents are proud to call home, where businesses thrive, and where people want to visit.”

The Capital Works Program comprises a number of key projects including:

Mundaring Oval lighting upgrade

New toilet block at Broz Park, Helena Valley

Resurfacing hard courts at Mundaring Tennis Club

Morgan John Morgan Reserve upgrade

Mt Helena Skate Park extension

Scott Street Bridge upgrade

The 2019-20 budget is available on the Shire’s website at www.mundaring.wa.gov.au